1st XV suffer defeat to St. Andrews
Glasgow University RFC 1st XV 7 – 20 St Andrews University 1st XV
Another week and another game that was dominated by adverse weather conditions. In place of the gale-force winds at Dundee came Glasgow’s infamous autumnal monsoon. Glasgow started the game well, heaping pressure onto St Andrews and maintaining good field position; Jordan Carlisle almost crossing after a slick backline move. It wasn’t long until Glasgow did cross the white line however when Club Captain Mark Jackson squeezed his way over after some quick thinking and a tap-and-go from 5m out. Brian Mulholland neatly added the conversion on his first start for the 1st XV. The rest of the half was an extremely tight affair with both defences working hard and the conditions taking their toll on the error count. Scrums were the order of the day and St Andrews managed to hold a firm advantage in this area. They were not able to translate this dominance into points however and Glasgow looked good value for their lead at half time; 7-0.
The message at half time was that the game was there for the taking as long as the tempo was carried on from the first half. For the first 10 minutes of the second half Glasgow did raise their game another gear but an untimely yellow card on their own line coupled with some strong work in the tight from the St Andrew’s forwards lead to the visitor’s first score of the afternoon. They added the conversion to bring the two sides level. Two more penalties from the away side brought day light between the teams and Glasgow started to lose what had been a firm grip on the game. The rain intensified with 15 minutes to go and things went from bad to worse as St Andrews added a second try, which was converted to give them a lead of 7-20. This ended up being the final score which was a frustrating way to finish a game that was definitely there for the taking for the boys in Black and Gold. More belief in their own ability, poor decision making and loose defence around the fringes perhaps contributed to the defeat but credit must be given to St Andrews for battling from behind and playing to the conditions far better. This week Glasgow are presented with a chance to get revenge as they go to St Andrews to play in the first round of the BUCS cup in what will no doubt be another tight and intense affair.